Building Genuine Connections
The art of building genuine connections with others has become increasingly rare. Yet, as a follower of Christ, you are called to love others, extending your heart and hands to those around you.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
Imagine a world where every interaction is an opportunity to uplift, inspire and strengthen another person. You can make that world a reality, one relationship at a time. It’s a chance to build genuine connections that begin with a heart that sincerely cares. It requires an intentional investment of time, energy and interest.
How? Be present in the lives of those around you. Slow down, look up from your screens and see people as God’s creation. Engage in meaningful conversations, listen considerately, and offer a shoulder to lean on if necessary. Your undivided attention is a priceless gift that communicates love and value.
Next, embrace the power of encouragement. Each person you encounter is fighting their own battles, and your words have the potential to breathe life into their weary souls. Be a source of affirmation, highlighting their strengths and speaking hope into their dreams and ambitions. Your words have the power to ignite inspiration and propel others toward their purpose.
Your uplifting words and genuine interest can motivate and inspire others.
Small gestures can make a huge difference. Show up when someone needs assistance, extend a helping hand and be willing to go the extra mile. Your selflessness will leave an indelible mark on the hearts of those you touch. Your investment in another person demonstrates your obedience to the Lord and the joy you receive from Him when serving others.
When cultivating connections, seek to be obedient to the Lord, allow yourself to understand different perspectives, appreciate the beauty of other thought processes and stand firm on the foundation of God’s Word. As a Christ follower, you can develop relationships that will change lives. Let your interactions show genuine care, encouragement, love and kindness.
Today’s One Thing
Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of love and connection. Draw from His well of grace and love and watch as your relationships flourish and bear fruit. And choose one of the many suggestions above to act on today.